Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property

Submission of applications:
Not offered as an individual program.

15 months (Full-time study)

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Credits: 60 ECTS

For more than fifty years Comillas Pontifical University ICAI-ICADE has trained legal professionals of the highest level. The principles of excellence and ethical values guide Degree and Postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Law, selected by the Financial Times in November 2016 as one of the best 91 Postgraduate Law Schools in the world.

The Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property (10th edition), is the first official Master's Degree in Spain on Intellectual Property (2007) and has attained the height of academic recognition among professionals in the intellectual property and new technologies sector.

The Official Master's Degree in Corporate Law is only offered within the program for the Dual Master's Degree for Admission to the Bar and Corporate Law for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The level of entry to the professional world for graduates of the program is very high. The opportunities for graduates are numerous: law firms with intellectual property departments, industrial and new technologies; rights management organisations; in rights management, legal and finance and intellectual property departments; in music, audiovisual, media, audiovisual production companies record companies, publishers among others, or in computer program or database development companies.

Applicant profile:

The students admitted to the postgraduate program in previous academic years (Official Master's Degree and Advanced Program in Intellectual Property) have displayed a high academic and curricular level, generating a qualitative and progressive improvement of the course of study.

The selection process is paramount to maintain the quality of the postgraduate-level teaching of the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property. The scope of protection and specialization concerning intellectual property (based on the legal and economic content, the presence of new technologies on the subject of intellectual property) means that the students are now expected meet the following academic profile:

  • Law Graduates;
  • Holders of a Licentiate Degree in Business Administration and Management;
  • Or advanced university degree holders in Industrial Engineering and IT.

Another important part of the selection process is to meet other academic and professional requirements and qualifications as well as knowledge of another language.

Admission requirements

  1. Those applying for admission to the Master's Degree in Intellectual Property, must, besides fulfilling the requisites set forth in article 1 of academic regulations for official postgraduate programmes, hold a Spanish Bachelor's Degree (or a Licenciado degree granted by virtue of the former education system, or a different one granted by an education institution of the European Higher Education Area that entitles its holder, in the degree's issuing country, to access postgraduate education).
  2. Graduates of education systems which are not part to the European Higher Education Area may also access this Master's Programme without the need to have their degrees approved, with the prior verification by the University that they have an education level equivalent to the relevant Spanish official university degrees and they are entitled, in the degree's issuing country, to access postgraduate education. Access through this path shall not imply, in any case, that the previous degree held by the interested party has been approved or recognised for any purpose other than undertaking this Master's programme. In this case, the request for admission must be addressed to the Rector, who, after being informed by the Deputy Sub Committee of the Post-Graduate and Doctorate Degrees Committee, shall make a decision pursuant to the article 50.5 b) of the General Regulations.

Admission process and criteria

  1. Admissions must be submitted within the time frame stated, in a standard format and accompanied by all of the documents which certify the fulfilment of the entry requirements.
  2. Admission to the Master's Programme in Intellectual Property is undertaken by the Dean of the Faculty of Law, upon the prior non-binding report issued by the Admissions Sub-committee, comprised by the Master's Director and Coordinator.
  3. Admissions to the Master's Programme in Intellectual Property will be based on the following criteria:
    1. Assessment of the required documentation on the academic and professional data submitted (60% of the final mark)
    2. Result of the personal interview of the candidate with the programme director and/or coordinator (20% of the final mark).
    3. And any other tests intended to verify (i) the level of knowledge and understanding of the legal subjects required for successful completion of this Master's Programme, (ii) analysis skills, (iii) listening skills, (iv) learning needs and (v) knowledge of languages (20% of the final mark)
  4. Student admission decision will be made on a competition basis between the candidates applying for admission. In order to be considered a regular student of the Master's Programme in Intellectual Property, the new student must complete the registration process within the deadlines and meeting the requisites established by the General Secretariat of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas.

Submission of applications

See the deadline for submission of applications on the website of the Dual Programme of Master's Programme in Access to the legal profession + Master's Programme in Intellectual Property.

Information notice on the documents to be submitted


Faculty of Law, Center for Legal Innovation in Law CID - ICADE, Alberto Aguilera 23.


One academic year (October-July).

60 ECTS (600 face-to-face class hours).


Monday, 10.00 - 14.00 and 17.00 - 21.00

Tuesday, 10.00 - 14.00


The fees of the Programme of Master's Programme in Access to the legal profession + Master's Programme in Intellectual Property come up to €25,875, itemised as follows:

  • First academic year: €16,560.
    • Enrolment fee for the entire academic year and registration fee:
    • Ten monthly payments amounting to 1,400 Euros each
  • Second academic year: €9,315
    • Enrolment fee for the entire academic year and registration fee:
    • Five monthly payments amounting to 1,575 Euros each.

If you are an alumni, you are entitled to 10% discount to be applied to your last installment.

Our Master's program envisages the possibility of applying for grants.

Any Mexican students admitted onto our Master's program whose studies are funded by FIDERH will receive a scholarship from Comillas equivalent to 10% of the total fees of the course of study in which they are enrolled.

Attendance mode:

Full-time study.



Classes begin on:

October 2018.

Team in charge of the Master:

  • Director of the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property
    Isabel Fernández-Gil Viega.
  • Coordinator of the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property
    Ana Vizcarra Padilla.
    Alberto Aguilera 23, Center for Legal Innovation in Law (CID-ICADE).
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 915422800, extension 4660.

Overall evaluation of the quality and management of the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property.

1. How do you rate the way in which the Master's Degree program is run and organized?
2. Is there sufficient planning behind the subjects' curricula, timetables, human resources and necessary materials?
3. To what extent have the subjects' curricula been covered?
4. What do you think about the level of coordination between the subjects? Have any potential course overlappings or gaps been avoided?
5. Are the subjects' programs available?
6. Are the evaluation criteria clear and appropriate for the programs proposed?
7. How would you rate the planning behind the in-company internship?
8. Are you satisfied with the quality of the teaching?
9. To what extend have you been able to contact the lecturers?
10. To what extend have you been able to make suggestions to the Master's program directors or coordinators?
11. How would you rate the tutorials you have had?
12. How would you rate the interaction with the Master's program Registry staff?
13. To what extent do you think that the bibliographical sources held in the Library are sufficient for your studies?
14. What is your opinion of the University's IT resources, classroom computers and relevance of the software employed?
15. How would you rate the facilities where the Master's program was taught (classrooms, meeting rooms, accessibility)?
16. To what extent are you receiving help with finding employment?
17. How do you rate the sports activities that you have been offered?
18. How about the non-academic activities?
19. How do you rate the Cafeteria and Dining Services?
20. Are you satisfied with the level of qualification and training that you have attained?
21. Would you recommend the Master's program to your friends and acquaintances?



Over the past two decades, the new technologies have diversified the factors involved in the creation, production and operation of intellectual property works, generating more complex systems to protect these rights. In this respect, the music, audiovisual, computer, multimedia, Internet, publishing, biotechnology, and other sectors that are at the forefront of this great revolution have an increasing need for professionals specialized in intellectual property. These circumstances lead to a high and significant social, economic and legal prevalence, highlighting a growing demand for legal professionals, economists and engineers, capable of providing skilled services through the application of knowledge and this regulatory content.

To such end, the aim of the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property in terms of learning objectives for the students includes:

  • Enhancing the legal, economic and technical training of students, so that they may adapt to the real needs of companies, firms and organizations working in the field of intellectual property, specifically in the new market environment.
  • Delving, in an integrated manner, into the legal, economic and technological areas of knowledge required for the specialized management that these rights demand in their various fields.
  • Learning and receiving training from top professionals in the field of intellectual property on the theoretical content and practical application of sections of the program with regard to the complex and conflicting reality of the sector.
  • Gaining professional experience through academic internships in a company or institution directly related to the scope of protection of intellectual property rights, while implementing and consolidating their acquired knowledge, always under the guidance of an experienced professional from the firm, company or institution where they conduct their internship.


The Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property is an academic postgraduate program comprising the teaching ofthe specific course content as well as thepractical applications of the knowledge acquired, which help the students to integrate what they have learned and specialize in the professional field of intellectual property. It is complemented with anacademic internshipwithin the most relevant management bodies, firms and companies in the sector.


The assessment method is related to the learning system configured for the Master's program. The final grade is obtained by evaluating different factors stated as percentages for each subject module: practical work carried out during the lectures, class participation, group work, assessment of written tests and of the academic internship completed, as well as of a Master's Dissertation or Project.

Assessment methodsPercentage (of the partial grade for each module)
Module's written exam 80%
Practical sessions 15%
Student participation 5%
Subject grade Weighted Average Grade
Assessment methodsPercentage of the final grade for the Master's program
Weighted average of the first thirteen Modules 85%
Weighted average of the Master's Dissertation 15%


  • CGI 01 - Analysis and synthesis capacity.
  • CGI 02 - Time management and planning capacity.
  • CGI 03 - Information management skills.
  • CGI 04 - Management and knowledge of technical and IT supports (ITC).
  • CGI 05 - Decision-making capacity.
  • CGI 06 - Problem-solving capacity.
  • CGI 07 - Speaking and writing skills related to specialised language.
  • CGP 08 - Critical reasoning capacity.
  • CGP 09 - Critical reasoning capacity.
  • CGP 10 - Team working capacity
  • CGP 11 - Ethical commitment.
  • CGP 12 - Capacity to put knowledge into practice.
  • CGS 13 - Independent learning capacity.
  • CGS 15 - Initiative and entrepreneurship.
  • CGS 16 - Capacity to adapt to new situations.
  • CGS 17 - Research skills and ability to pursue their own lines of argument.
  • CGS 18 - Search and commitment to excellence and quality in the development of their activity.
  • CGS 14 - Learning creativity.


  • CE 01 - Get to know the national regulatory framework by analysing the national legal texts that recognise and protect the intellectual property and analyse the European Law and case-law approach regarding current legislation.
  • CE 02 - Understand which premises are required for a piece of work to be considered an Intellectual Property item, and analyse its authoring condition, as well as moral and property rights, their transferable or non-waivable nature.
  • CE 03 - Analyse, on the basis of case-law and legislation on Intellectual Property, the duration of the rights, their limits and exceptions, pursuant to the new technologies, as well as their conflicting interests.
  • CE 04 - Get to know the regulations that support the protection of Intellectual Property, by means of civil and criminal proceedings, with the relevant claim of rights and the cessation of illicit acts, and analyse case-law interpretations and arbitration and mediation as a dispute resolution tool.
  • CE 05 - Understand the rules that establish an institutional protection system of Intellectual Property, its harmonisation with European law, and analyse the regulatory, historical, case-law and current justification of Managing Entities.
  • CE 06 - Reflect, using case-law and legislative support, on the retribution rights of authors and holders, by considering the difficulties new technologies present.
  • CE 07 - Analyse the legal, labour and tax systems applicable to the holders of rights on the basis of representative court orders, and understand the legal effects of the Intellectual Property Registry, by analysing the rights that may be subject to mortgage or given as security, as well as seizure.
  • CE 08 - Get to know the Intellectual Property regulations that regulate and protect artistic, literary and theatrical works, within the national, European and international framework, and understand the contents of the publishing contract, as well as current case-law.
  • CE 09 - Study the current legislation applicable to musical and phonographic works, with special mention to the international and European regulation and to analyse how disputes were solved.
  • CE 10 - Understand the contents of the contract of the different legal entities regarding the exercise of the rights of use of music works (musical edition, synchronisation rights), and analyse the latest court orders as well as the legal and economic significance of private copying.
  • CE 11 - Get to know the legal schemes of the different modalities comprising the audiovisual works, the authorship regime, from the perspective set by Spanish, European and especially, North-American regulations, and study the numerous existing case-law and contractual practice.
  • CE 12 - Analyse the regulatory framework behind multimedia works, the special right of databases and computer software, with the absence of specific regulations for video games, and apply this complex legal regime to practical cases and case-law study.
  • CE 13 - Study the current legal perspective of technical resources such as new creation and exercise forms, and reflect on the weak system for the protection of such rights against their illicit use on the internet, by analysing the practice, limits and exceptions applied and which serve as grounds for legal and economical disputes.
  • CE 14 - Get to know the national, European and international regulatory framework of Intellectual Property of biotechnology, and analyse the legal grounds of databases and software, and case-law of biotechnology works, as well as potential criminal offences committed.
  • CE 15 - Understand the economic analysis of Intellectual Property rights and new technologies set forth in European, Community law and in the international regulations, and reflect on the economic repercussion of the retribution by digital private copying.
  • CE 16 - Integrate the prior knowledge acquired by the student in the Firm, Company or Entity of the Intellectual Property sector where he/she spends his/her professional internship, by applying their knowledge, and value the practical learning process.
  • CE 17 - Integrate into one single Final Project all prior knowledge acquired in Intellectual Property by the student of the in-person training and the internship conducted, which represent a mature, autonomous learning process, as well as a global, single vision of all learning results.
  • CE 18 - Orientation and assessment by the Project's Tutor the adequate, progressive development of the work analysing legal, economic or technological aspects that are present in Intellectual Property Law.
  • CE 19 - Get to know the rules of professional Ethics for the exercise of Intellectual Property special Law, and analyse the presence of interests in the disputes regarding this subject (economic, moral, property interests).

The Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property encompasses a comprehensive and rigorous training program covering legal and economic aspects of the protection of intellectual property, as well as new technical resources.

The program's module-based structure ensures progressive acquisition of knowledge, first from a general perspective mowing on to the domestic and international systems of intellectual property protection in each specific area, i.e. publishing, music, dramatic, audiovisual, computer and multimedia works and the Internet, with a specific section on biotechnology, and the study of the economic analysis of these intellectual property rights. Achieving a comprehensive and professional training by incorporating the academic internship program, which is conducted in professional firms, companies and organizations specialized in the management of intellectual property. Hence, the program's clarity and coherence is guaranteed.

The program content is divided into basic topic blocks on intellectual property, with an academic training allocation of 60 ECTS credits (academic credits under European postgraduate regulations).

  • A general section covering Spanish, European and international rules and regulations.
  • The study of the powers and functions of the intellectual property right management entities, including organizations such as AISGE, EGEDA, VEGAP, AIE, CEDAR, SGAE, which are the most relevant in and outside Spain.
  • The study of copyright and related rights conducted by professionals specialized in each sector, including book publishing; musical, dramatic, audiovisual, computer and multimedia works; and the internet.
  • Also, the undeniable influence of the new technologies is included in a complex section that focuses on the study of intellectual property in biotechnological innovation.
  • Likewise, an equally essential and useful part of this program is the one about the economic analysis of intellectual property rights, taught by leading lecturers and researchers specializing in the economic analysis of Law.
  • To complete this comprehensive theoretical and practical course of study, which is required of a Master's level program such as this one, the students must complete an academic internship period within organizations and firms in the sector, as well as a Master's dissertation or project that encompasses all the content learned.


I.Intellectual property protection systems. General part. 5.5 1st term. Compulsory.
II. Civil and criminal action protecting copyright and related rights. 2.5 1st term. Compulsory.
III. Collective management of copyright, public and institutional protection of intellectual property. 2.5 1st term. Compulsory.
IV. Fiscal, labor and statutory protection of copyright and related rights. 2 1st term. Compulsory.
V. Intellectual property rights of literary, dramatic or artistic works. 2.5 1st term. Compulsory
VI. Intellectual property rights of musical works or recordings. 5 1st term. Compulsory.
VII. Intellectual property rights of audiovisual works. 5.5 1st term. Compulsory.
VIII. Intellectual property rights of multimedia works, video games, computer programs and databases. 2.5 1st term. Compulsory.
IX. New technologies and intellectual property. 5.5 2nd term. Compulsory.
X. Intellectual property and biotechnology. 4 2nd term. Compulsory.
XI. Economic analysis of the regulations that protect intellectual property in Europe. 3.5 2nd term. Compulsory.
XII. Academic internship on intellectual property. 9 2nd term. Compulsory.
XIII. Master's Dissertation. 9 2nd term. Compulsory.
XIV. Professional ethics. 1 2nd term. Compulsory.


Chart showing the academic structure and percentage of the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property (MUPI) course content distribution

Curricular calendar of the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property (MUPI)

Professional profile

The Master's professional profile is defined by the generic and specific skills acquired by the student when taking this course; the student gets to know the rules that govern intellectual property at national, community and international level, as well as the different existing contracts and case-law. Graduates are, therefore, specialists in Intellectual Property counselling, and they can also work in court and arbitration instances, both at national and international level.

Professional opportunities

Employment rates of our Graduates of the Master's Programme in Intellectual Property have been high over the past few years. Professional opportunities are numerous, with a fast growth rate.

From the companies and entities that request professionals specialised in intellectual property, lawyers, economists and engineers, the following ones may be highlighted:

  • Law firms with their own intellectual property department, or where their creation is envisaged due to the growing number of proceedings regarding intellectual property rights claims; there is a real, growing demand of lawyers specialised in this subject area.
  • Right management entities: for the legal or financial IT department; and for the new technologies department, for the application, control and claim of rights.
  • Music, audiovisual creation and media companies, audiovisual producers, record labels, publishing houses, and other entities and companies of the sector, are demanding lawyers and economists for consultancy and processing of legal and financial claims.
  • Companies engaged in the creation of computer software and data bases, and firms specialising in this sector, are demanding specialised lawyers, economists and engineers.
  • Companies and laboratories working in the field of biotechnology demand lawyers specialising in intellectual property.


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Academic Opportunities

Likewise the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property is a pathway onto the official doctorate programme, in line with provisions of Royal Decree 99/2011 of 28 January which regulates official doctorate teachings.

Graduates from the Master's Programme in Intellectual Property (MUPI) reach a high professional and academic qualification with a specialised, rigorous and critical knowledge, arising from the intensive practical study of the several multidisciplinary, legal, economical and technical issues on Intellectual Property. Hence, they have the competences and skills for a wide range of professions and to carry out teaching and knowledge diffusion and research duties, on Intellectual Properties and new technologies. Also, given the fact that this area of knowledge is international, the professional, academic and research profile goes beyond the European and international sphere.

In the last three decades, technological development has diversified the factors that enable the creation, production and use of Intellectual Property works, which has in turn given rise to further complexity in the systems that protect these rights. In this sense, sectors (musical, audiovisual, IT, multimedia, internet, publishing, biotechnology, etc.) on the front line of this great revolution, are increasingly demanding professionals specialising in Intellectual Property. These circumstances are giving rise to a high and important social, economic and legal impact, evidencing the growing demand of legal professionals, who are able to provide qualified services for the understanding and application of this regulatory content.

Considering said professional demand, the University has for more than sixteen years stated its academic training offering for postgraduate courses, by means of the Master's Degree in Intellectual Property, from the development of contents, and practical skills which help the students integrate their knowledge, and adjust it to this complex professional field. On the basis of the premises of a rigorous academic training, the consolidation of the Intellectual Property Programme has been supported by the collaboration of the main Managing Entities, Law Firm and Companies of the industry, with scholarships and internships which are recognised by the Agreements signed.

The Master's Degree in Intellectual Property has the following training objectives for students enrolled:

  • Extend the legal, economic and technical knowledge of the student, to make it comply with the real needs of companies, firms and entities working in the Intellectual Property sector, specifically in the new market environment.
  • Get a deeper integral view of legal, economic and technological knowledge required for the management of these rights, in its several areas, rigorous specialisation that the different areas of this sector are demanding.
  • Get to know the theory contents directly from the best professionals of Intellectual Property and how the Programme's contents are put into practice, in the complex, conflictive reality.
  • Acquire a direct experience, by means of the internships, in a Company or institution directly related to the area of protection of the Intellectual Property rights, by applying and consolidating the knowledge gained, under the guidance of an experienced law firm, company or entity member where internship is undertaken.
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